Courtesy Wayne Colby
'We Are Going to End It': Concord Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Crash
A Concord man is facing a dozen charges after police say a domestic dispute prompted him to drive recklessly, crash his car and flee the scene.
Tuesday night, Concord police arrested Paul Loukedes, 47, after officials found him at his home.
After an investigation and speaking with witnesses, police believe Loukedes was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion on Tuesday night when he began fighting with his female passenger who was known to him. Loukedes told her he was going to kill her before accelerating the car and driving "recklessly" in the area of Branch Turnpike Road, according to police.
Loukedes crashed near a residence, causing major damage to his vehicle, then took off on foot. The homeowner, Wayne Colby, says he and his wife came home right after the accident happened. "I was dumbfounded," Colby told NH1 News.
Colby says his house was spared because it sits atop a small hill where the car ended up. In the court affidavit, the female passenger told police Loukedes said to her, "This is it. We are going to end it ... We might as well go out together." She said she believed they were traveling at 140 mph down Branch Turnpike Road.
The female passenger says the car went airborne and up over a retaining wall in from of the Colby residence before coming to a stop.
The retaining wall on Branch Turnpike Road. The car went airborne and landed on the hill, just missing the home.
In the affidavit she states she climbed out a window and ran to the first house she could see with a light on. She was suffering from a head wound according to the neighbor who took her in.
When police arrived around 8 p.m., witnesses informed them of the woman's injury and where they could find her. She was taken to Concord Hospital.
Concord police were on scene Wednesday measuring skid marks from the accident the night before.
Officers found Loukedes at his Concord residence but he refused to comply with orders to exit the residence, police said. Eventually, he was taken into custody without incident.
Loukedes is facing several charges including:
- Attempt to commit murder - felony
- Driving while intoxicated (2nd offense) - misdemeanor
- Driving after revocation or suspension - misdemeanor
- Reckless operation - violation
- Two counts of criminal mischief (vandalism) - felony and misdemeanor level
- Reckless conduct - felony
- Criminal threatening - felony
- Conduct after an accident - misdemeanor
- Resisting arrest or detention - misdemeanor
- Speed - violation
- Yellow line - violation
Loukedes waived his arraignment Wednesday at Merrimack County Superior Court. Bail was set at $50,000 cash. As of 4 p.m. Thursday Loukedes was still being booked at Merrimack County House of Corrections.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Sean Ford at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.